February’s Finest – A look at the Newman Center Presents schedule for February 2022

The month of February brings sizzling jazz and immersive storytelling to the Gates Concert Hall stage. If you’ve missed live performances and presentations as much as we have, be sure to grab tickets to our February lineup. Here’s what we have in store for you! 

Appreciate jazz piano at its finest with Joey Alexander February 2

Joey Alexander jazz pianist and composer.

Joey Alexander has been nominated for three Grammy Awards so far and is one of the most expressive and thrilling pianist-composers currently working in jazz. His natural aptitude contributes to his personalized interpretations of songs. 

“The blues is that thing that preserves just like salt—that has inspired us in our ups and downs. The blues give us that reassurance that everything is going to be OK. Even though we are trampled under the ugliness of the world, we can still hold on to hope. That’s what I believe,” Joey Alexander said in an interview with Grammy.com after the release of his three latest 2021 singles: SALT, Under the Sun, and Summer Rising. 

You can read the full interview with Alexander here

Joey Alexander performs at the Newman Center February 2.

Unearth dinosaurs with National Geographic Live speaker Nizar Ibrahim February 9

Nizar Ibrahim in the Sahara Desert.

The first speaker of our National Geographic Live series is explorer and paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim who will discuss Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous. Over his career Ibrahim has discovered fossil footprints and a new species of flying reptile with an 18-foot wingspan that lived 95 million years ago. He also led an exhibition that rediscovered a new species of semiaquatic predator in the Sahara Desert from the cretaceous period. The Spinosaurus was larger than a T.REX and scientists believe it could perhaps be the largest predator to ever roam the Earth.

Nizar Ibrahim speaks at the Newman Center February 9.

Listen to an interview with Nizar Ibrahim in Evolution Soup’s podcast.

Experience Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with trumpet legend Wynton Marsalis February 19-20

Wynton Marsalis playing trumpet.

During the Newman Center’s 2020-21 virtual season, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet livestreamed The Democracy! Suite. The music was a response to political, social, and economic struggles facing the nation. To learn more about this important piece: Jazz Blues News The Democracy! Suite review.

This February, a year on from their virtual performance, we welcome Wynton Marsalis and the entire Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to the Newman Center in person! Marsalis has recorded 70 jazz and classical albums since 1982 and JCLO is composed of 15 impressive jazz soloists and ensemble players. Together they perform a vast repertoire of original and traditional jazz compositions in a lively evening of entertainment. 

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis perform at the Newman Center February 19 and 20.

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